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Slip and Fall and Premises Liability

Slip and Fall / Premises Liability: Under this theory, the owners and occupiers of land or property owe a legal responsibility for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. These laws are largely dependant on state law and vary from state-to-state. What's usually important in these cases is to look at the status of the injured. Where they a trespassor or were they invited to the property? The status of the injured person with regards to the property might play a role in determining duty, depending on the state. Courts might also look at the condition of the property. Finally, there may be special laws applying to landlords and lessors of property.

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Airbnb may be disrupting the hotel/short-term rental market, but it’s also disrupting a few ideas about injury liability. And after Zak Stone’s story about his dad being fatally injured at an Airbnb rental, it’s only natural to wonder who’s responsible if someone is injured or killed in an Airbnb.

The law is pretty clear when it comes to premises liability and the duty owed by property owners to visitors on the property. But are those waters muddied by Airbnb’s involvement as a rental company?

Liability in a Bar Fight

Most nights out are fairly uneventful — you have a few beers, a few laughs, and you make it home safe. Other nights, not so much.

Depending on the kinds of watering holes you frequent, bar fights are relatively rare, as are bar fight injuries. But what happens if you get caught up in a brawl and get hurt? Who’s liable for your injuries in a bar fight?

Our churches bring us together and lift us up in spirit. Every now and then, though, our bodies pay the price. Whether by accident or someone else’s fault, injuries at church-sponsored and church-related events happen. And when they do, determining who’s at fault can be difficult and determining if you can and want to sue can be even harder.

Here are some legal considerations if you’ve been injured at a church-sponsored event:

Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes icy and dangerous sidewalks. Slip and fall accidents injure millions of people every year, and many of them occur on poorly maintained or hazardous sidewalks.

So who’s responsible for keeping sidewalks safe? And what can you do if you’re injured on a sidewalk?

Teacher Torts: Are Educators Liable for Student Injuries?

Teachers are responsible for children’s education. But are they legally liable when a child is injured at school on their watch?

Well, it depends on where and how the injury occurred, the teacher’s actions or inaction, and the evidence on the whole. Just like anyone else, teachers are only responsible for torts if all the elements of negligence are proven.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 200,000 kids are injured on playgrounds each year. About half of those injuries are serious, including bone fractures, internal injuries, and concussions, and 67 percent involved falls or equipment failures.

So who is responsible if your child is injured at school because of faulty or unsafe playground equipment? Here are a few considerations:

Enjoying the great outdoors, while also possibly bagging dinner, is a great American pastime in many parts of the country. But every now and then, a hunting expedition goes awry and someone ends up injured.

From falling on someone else’s property to having a rifle misfire, hunting can be dangerous even for the most responsible hunters. If you’ve been injured while hunting, when and whom can you sue for your injuries?

A fourth-story balcony of a Berkeley, Calif. apartment complex collapsed late last night, killing six young people and critically injuring seven others. The victims, many of whom were from Ireland and working and studying in the country, were celebrating a birthday when the apartment deck collapsed.

Local police, fire officials, and building inspectors are investigating the accident, and a criminal investigation is unlikely at this time.

Spectators at a baseball game consider themselves lucky if they can catch a foul ball. The really lucky people catch a rare bat soaring into the seats.

Last week, one lady definitely was not lucky when she was hit in the head by a bat. The injured woman, Tonya Carpenter, was sitting in the first few rows at Boston's Fenway Park watching the game between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics. A's player Brett Lawrie broke his bat during the second inning swinging to hit a ball. The bat shard flew into the stands, hitting Carpenter in the head. She was quickly rushed to the hospital with what was thought to be life-threatening injuries. Carpenter has been upgraded to fair condition but remains hospitalized.

Can Carpenter sue for her injury?

Your average slip-and-fall case is normally handled quietly by both parties and settled out of court with little fanfare. But your average slip-and-fall case doesn't normally involve a Harvard Law School professor emeritus, zealous civil liberties advocate, and frequent television guest on prominent legal topics. In that case, a lawsuit might not end as quite as quietly.

Alan Dershowitz is suing Boston's TD Garden after a nasty spill in the bathroom during a playoff basketball game in 2012. Dershowitz needed an ambulance ride to the hospital after he stuck around to see his Celtics beat the Miami Heat in Game 3 of their series. But will his slip-and-fall case be a winner?